Fiddle (rebec, after Medieval type)

late 19th century

Object Place: England


Length 56 cm, width 14.4 cm (Length 22 1/16 in., width 5 11/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Poplar, pine

Not On View


Musical Instruments



Pear-shaped body made of a solid piece of poplar tree wood, with an integral neck and peg-box; vaulted back. Sound space hollowed out and covered with pine sound-board with two f-holes. Finger-board of stained oak glued to a raised step on the neck. Three gut strings fixed to a leathern tail-piece, hooked to a boss at the lower end. Movable bridge and nut. Frontal type tuning end string fastening, lateral pegs. Sound-post.


Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

Credit Line

Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection